JACOB REES-MOGG, fresh from being chosen as Leader of the House of Commons, spoke to ITV’s Robert Peston on developments at Downing Street.
Dominic Cummings, the Vote Leave Campaign director has been appointed as a special adviser to Boris Johnson. Mr Rees Mogg explained to Mr Peston that this appointment could prove vital for Mr Johnson’s chances of success. The leading Brexiteer explained: “Dominic Cummings is obviously very important.
“He’s very capable at policy was instrumental in Michael Gove’s education reforms, and is also a very effective campaigner as he showed during his leadership of Vote Leave.”
The chair of the European Research Group added: “His appointment is very important.
“But I think to characterise it as a sort of Vote Leave coup is a mistake and is forgetting that the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sajid Javid, moved from Home Secretary) and the International Trade Secretary (Liz Truss, moved from Chief Secretary to the Treasury) were both Remainers.”
The North East Somerset MP then insisted that Parliament had already legislated for Brexit to happen on October 31 with or without a deal.
Mr Rees-Mogg added: “So, just for the status quo to be maintained means we leave without a deal unless a deal is passed.
“So when people say the House of Commons is going to stop it, they are forgetting the House of Commons has already agreed to it.”
He discussed suggestions of a snap general election: “The question about a general election is actually about a vote of no confidence.
“The question there for Conservatives is do they want to take the risk of Jeremy Corbyn, it is clearly not the policy of the Government to bring on a general election and it’s worth remembering since the Fixed Terms Parliament Act in 2011, the Prime Minister no longer has the ability to call a general election willy-nilly.
“But it’s impossible to rule out looking at the parliamentary arithmetic.”
Mr Johnson inherits a working majority of just two seats.
This could be reduced to just one on August 1.
Incumbent Brecon and Radnorshire MP Chris Davies faces a by-election after facing a recall petition following Mr Davies’s guilty plea on claiming false expenses, for which he was sentenced to 50 hours of community service and a £1,500 fine.